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My Favorite Things | Wildflowers

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One of my favorite things in the world is absolutely free. Wildflowers are everywhere this season, and they can be enjoyed without spending a dime. I love the way that God blesses us with these beautiful treasures! It’s important to slow down and take the time to notice them.

This is an image of one of the most humble of all wildflowers–clover. It can be found pretty much anywhere in Jacksonville. And all over much of the United States. I know it’s a weed. And, although I really don’t like it growing in my yard, I think it’s quite pretty.

This is a macro shot I took while waiting for my daughter’s soccer game to start. I made this image using my Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. I also used a macro extension tube. This particular set comes with three options: 13 mm, 21 mm, and 31 mm. It’s designed to allow your camera to auto focus when in use. (Cheaper versions that require manual focus exist.)

For this particular shot, I used the shortest (13 mm) tube. I’ve found that it’s best to use a small aperture when working with macro extension tubes. I shot this on f/11.  In addition, adding a macro tube automatically makes images darker, so you have to account for that. The macro extension tube attaches to the camera, and then you attach the lens you desire to the extension tube.

I almost always use my 50 mm lens for shots with macro extension tubes. I’ve found that it works best. I’m sure that you could use other lenses if you desire. I just prefer the 50 mm. I think I’ve gotten used to it, and I’m able to predict how things will look with the different competitions.

Back to wildflowers…..my favorite one of all is the black-eyed Susan. I bet you can guess why. :) They are so cheerful. Once, when I was little, a very nice lady made and decorated a black-eyed Susan cake for me. That made me feel really special!

Some of my other favorites are dandelions (just NOT in my yard) and wisteria. What are your favorites?

 

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